What produces BNP voters? It’s not immigrants.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has issued a report today (Monday) which shows that experience of immigrants does not cause an increase in support for the British National Party (BNP). BNP support is more closely correlated with alienation (lower turnouts at elections), low skills and low social cohesion.
Studying 150 local authorities, the IPPR found that 9 out of 10 of the local authorities with the highest proportions of BNP votes had lower than average immigration.
So what needs to be done to reduce BNP support isn’t controlling immigration, but giving people control of their lives back (and the tools to control their lives). This chimes exactly with the TUC’s experience: emphasising the need to reduce immigration or control it only feeds the BNP by legitimising their view that immigration is the problem.